Garden Bench

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Project by DMC1903 posted 04-30-2014 09:25 PM 1213 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first time at doing the entire project using handtools, took way to long.
So, the wood is scraps of Port Orchid White Cedar, joints are M&T with epoxy on the bottom of the legs.

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 11:28 PM

Well done, looks solid as a rock :) What kind of finish is on it? Another thing that would have been nice as well is a bottom stretcher;it adds visual interest and extra stability!

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada -

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#2 posted 05-01-2014 12:34 AM

Looks pretty nice as is.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#3 posted 05-01-2014 01:43 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, I considered a bottom stretcher… than decided against it. The span is 34”, with the top being 36”, there is no lateral movement. The is tenon oversized, 1 1/4” thick and 2 1/2” in length with a depth of 1 1/2”, with a mortise to match, plus I used epoxy on the joints…...It’s not going anywhere. We have a small cooler that will fit perfectly under the bench.
For the finish, I used Emmet’s “Good Stuff” Wood Finish, I had a quart leftover from a previous project and needed to use it, before it spoiled. This bench will go inside during the winter and is protected from the rain
Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 05-01-2014 01:06 PM

Good job, looks great! I will be heading down the hand tool road soon, I am looking forward to it.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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